Friday, June 27, 2008

ABCs about me

I saw this on another blog and liked it. So there.

A) attached or single - single
B) best friend - well, according to my phone wallpaper, it's K
C) cake or pie - Which one is within arm's reach?
D) day - Used to be Saturday, the day I would go to the Conference Center. Now I suppose it's Sunday.
E) essential item - Something to put on my lips, and my phone if I remember it.
F) favorite color - blue
G) gummie bears or worms - bears. But I'd rather have chocolate.
H) home town - Holladay, UT
I) indulgence - Chocolate. And in the hot weather I like taking cool showers.
J) January or July - September.
K) kids - I have not borne any children myself, but I like them
L) life is incomplete without - The Book of Mormon, guitars, and dark chocolate
M) marriage date - How would I know?
N) # of siblings - 2
O) oranges or apples - oranges, because I've had a lot of bad apples. But I'm trying to learn to like them more.
P) phobias or fears - pleading the 5th on this one
Q) quote - With my memory, I'm happy to remember only a few.
R) reason to smile - My amazing recent birthday celebration
S) season - Always fall. Not only is it not too hot and not too cold, but there are beautiful colors everywhere. I always miss Winnipeg in the fall.
T) tag - Red.
U) unknown fact about me - I go through toilet paper really fast.
V) vegetarian or oppressor of animal - I don't eat a lot of meat. Usually once a day or less.
W) worst habit - see P.
X) rays or ultrasounds - random! However, thinking of x-rays makes me think of going through security at the airport, which means that I'm going on a trip somewhere, so I'll take x-rays.
Y) your favorite food - pizza
Z) Zodiac sign - Cancer, but I think that astrology is silly.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


A sampling of things I did for the first time in Europe this year:
1. See a hedgehog in the wild.
2. Go to Germany.
3. Take a shower in the dining room.
4. Ride on a subway train without a driver (at least, the driver was not on the train).
5. Consider coming back in 2009. And maybe for a while.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

European Workout, Part 2

Carrying a heavy suitcase up and down stairs and putting it on and off trains is a good upper-body workout, it turns out. At least, I have the sore upper-body muscles to prove it.

Things I've Learned about Germany So Far

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, of course.

1. is not as cool of a website as But the ads are better.
2. Giessen is a nice-sized city: just big enough to be interesting, and small enough to be cozy.
3. Street musicians in Germany are often really good at playing their instruments. I heard some awesome traditional-style accordion playing today as well as a woman who was tearing it up on "Fuer Elise" on her portable keyboard.
4. There are a lot of people speaking English on the streets of Giessen. A lot.

Monday, June 2, 2008

The Czech Republic Workout

Here are some simple steps you can do to get the body that I have...
1. Walk from the U Prace tram station in Plzen to the Namesti Miru station because you can't find a tram ticket machine that works, carrying children part of the way.
2. Walk from U Prace to the main train station in Plzen because the trams are under construction, carrying children part of the way.
3. Walk from Horazdovice predmesti to Horazdovice (it doesn't sound like a long way, but it is), carrying children part of the way.

Do all this in one Sunday and, if you're like me, you'll be feeling stronger the next day!

In a way, this is actually more fun than working out at the gym.